Q&A #1: Affiliates, Books, and Time Management

Hello and welcome to my first ever Q&A blog post! I’m sure many of you have noticed that big contact form at the top of the website asking for questions… well this is what it is for.

Every week I will be answering a few questions in a blog post. The questions will cover a variety of topics depending on what is asked.

Here are the three questions I chose this week. (Since it is my first Q&A post I only had about 7 questions to choose from.)

Question #1: Hey Amanda, I hope you’re well. My question was around setting up an affiliate program. As someone who is new on the scene, I was wondering whether it was better to wait until a) I developed more of an online profile and b) created a few more products first (I have 2 but planning on adding a couple more on Sunday). I also wanted to know how I could go about attracting/recruiting affiliates. I’m still trying to figure things out so haven’t set up a program yet but I would like too. Thanks.

Answer #1: That is a great question and something that I pondered for a while before opening up my PLR shop. I set my affiliate program up when I had about five PLR packs up. Honestly, I suggest setting it up from the beginning for a few reasons.

1. You will likely want product specific links for your affiliates. Affiliates like them because they convert better and easier for customers. If you wait until you have a lot of products for sale it will take longer to set up because you will need to set up hop links for your individual products.

2. The sooner you have your affiliate system set up, the sooner you can recruit affiliates. While you may not have many affiliates at first, even a few affiliates can make a difference, especially when it comes to PLR stores.

Once your affiliate program is in place you can start emailing potential affiliates. Explain what makes your products worth promoting. I usually attach a review copy of one of my products as well so potential affiliates can see what I have to offer. This guide from The Art of Manliness is actually a great guide to writing an email to get a response and I highly suggest checking it out before you start emailing potential affiliates.

I also have a free ecourse you may be interested in. It is about promoting your affiliate program and you can find it here.

Thanks for your question! Feel free to let me know in the comments if there is any part of this you would like me to go into more detail on.

Question #2: How do you manage to get everything you need done actually done? I know you have a family you care for, you do freelance writing, you run your PLR shop and you run several blogs. How do you manage your time?

Answer #2: The first thing I need to say is that I don’t always get things done. I have several things on the back burner right now. The key is to prioritize them. I also try and schedule my work time for each project so I am working on one project for a few hours and then I switch to another.

Really it comes down to what works best for you but I get the best results working on each of my sites for an hour or two a day.

I am also a HUGE fan of the Pomodoro Technique. It is a time management technique based around working in blocks of time where you focus on a single task for the full block of time. It also deals in prioritizing tasks. I highly suggest you look into it if you are having trouble staying focused and productive.

Question #3: What books are you currently reading?

Answer #3: Oddly enough I was asked this question by three different people… Well, I am always reading a few books so I’ll go ahead and list the ones I’m in the middle of right now. Some are marketing/advertising related, some are just for fun.

Midas Touch: Why Some Entrepreneurs Get Rich-And Why Most Don’t by Donald Trump and Robert Kiyosaki. This is one of two books that they wrote together. In case you didn’t know, Robert Kiyosaki is the author of Rich Dad, Poor Dad. I have always enjoyed reading interviews and articles about Donald Trump and when I heard about this book I had to pick it up. So far it has been great though I only started reading it yesterday.

Advertising Secrets of the Written Word: The Ultimate Resource on How to Write Powerful Advertising Copy from One of America’s Top Copywriters and Mail Order Entrepreneurs by Joseph Sugarman. I always make sure I’m reading some kind of advertising or copywriting book. Copy is such an important part of Internet marketing and even if you don’t write copy it is a good idea to understand the basics. This is one of about twenty copywriting books I own and it has been really great.

Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins. My little sister was reading the first of the Hunger Games with me and I got swept up in them too. I’ve taken a short break from reading this though… I get a little over emotional about book characters for some reason.

Thanks for your questions and I look foward to your next batch! Just use that contact form at the top of the page and maybe it will get picked for next week!

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  1. Hi Amanda

    You answered my question perfectly, so thank you. I’ll check out the links you’ve provided and get all schooled up on the process, then I’m away!

    Also really liked the points you made on time management. I tried Pomodoro (I’ve got the iPhone app) but I struggled with working in 25 minute bursts. So now I set a timer for hourly slots. It really does help to focus your mind on your work.

  2. Great Tips Amanda 🙂 #1 is huge and something I’m behind on for sure – yikes! Need to stop lagging!

    Unfortunately the Pomodoro Technique (well the timer part of it – I used to use the Focus Booster app) has never worked for me, unless I’m completely alone – otherwise, something always happens and I’m pulled away and have to restart it 😉

    The Midas Touch is a great read – I’m sure you’ll gain a lot from it.
    Kelli Smithgall recently posted..Delaying The InevitableMy Profile

  3. Hi. I wanted to download your free ecourse about promoting an affiliate program but the link it broken. Well, it says the email list is not active.
    Is there any way to get hold of it? Sound like it is very useful.

    Best wishes,
    Ann recently posted..A Review of “Facelift Naturally” by Julia Busch + exclusive interview!My Profile

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